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Milwaukee has no shortage of brunch options. (PHOTO: Eron Laber of Front Room Photography )

Brunch guide




Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:01 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.


The Monday-through-Friday grind hardly allows time for bacon, eggs and hash browns in the morning. And even if there is time to whip 'em up, they're usually scarfed down in a hurry.

That's where weekend brunches come in. Forget that alarm clock, catch some Zs and savor a hearty breakfast at these Milwaukee-area restaurants when you wake up. If we've forgotten your favorite brunch spot, please add it to the list with the talkback feature!

Ashley's Que
124 W. National Ave., (414) 276-7666
ashleysque.com
If you thought Ashley's began and ends with barbecue, you might want to take a second look. From 12 to 4 p.m., Ashley's Soul Food Brunch features smothered pork chops or country fried steak, both with mashed potatoes, two additional side items, cornbread and a beverage for $11.99, or their famous chicken and waffles and a beverage for $8.99.

Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro
3133 E. Newberry Blvd., (414) 962-6300
lakeparkbistro.com
A commanding view of Lake Michigan makes this the perfect Sunday champagne brunch spot. The menu features upscale specialties like filet mignon, salade niçoise and pain perdu (French toast and bacon with apricot preserves, maple-rum syrup and vanilla cream). Items range from $23 to $38 and are served Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beans and Barley
1901 E. North Ave., (414) 278-7878
beansandbarley.com
Brunch makes an appearance at Beans and Barley every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can pick from infinite egg items: poached, omelets, scrambled, Benedict and even tofu scramblers for the vegetarians, ranging from $4.50 to $9.50. Breakfast burritos, almond french toast, a lox plate and pancakes are also served.

Blue's Egg
317 N. 76th St., (414) 299-3180
bluesegg.com
Blue's Egg is one of the few places in town where you'll find brunch (complete with breakfast cocktails) seven days a week. Serving breakfast and lunch daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., the menu carries omelets and Benedicts throughout the day. Specialties include stuffed "Blue's Browns," house-made corned beef and pulled ham, savory French toast, vegetarian options, salads, sandwiches and much more, with everything made from scratch. Monday through Friday, opt to take your meal on the run with a quick "grab and go" menu from 7 to 10 a.m. and full coffee service.

Blue Jacket
138 E. National Ave., (414) 312-7098

www.bluejacketbar.com
Blue Jacket serves up a brunch with a menu that changes daily. But with options such as Quinoa Hash and Chicken Fried Pork Chop you can't go wrong. With a large cocktail list, you are sure to find the perfect drink to go with your brunch of choice. Brunch is available Sundays starting at 10 a.m..

Brocach
1850 N. Water St., (414) 431-9009
brocach.com
From what we've heard, the soda bread and orange-honey butter served at Brocach's brunch is not to be missed. The menu offers everything from the Big Irish Breakfast and Ploughman's Breakfast to corned beef hash and the Dublin City Burger. Stop in on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Buckley's Kiskeam Inn
801 N. Cass St., (414) 277-1111
buckleysmilwaukee.com
Don't miss indulging in a leisurely brunch at this cozy spot just around the corner from Cathedral Square. Options include classic lox and bagel, seasonal quiche, and Guinness French toast, along with classics like corned beef hash and eggs Benedict. Sunday brunch, featuring items ranging from $8 to $11, is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cafe 1505
1505 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon, (262) 241-7076

cafe1505.com
Specializing in soups, salads, vegetarian fare and sandwiches, as well as weekly specials, Cafe 1505 serves up an excellent brunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Also available are mimosas and handmade Bloody Marys.

Cafe at the Plaza
1007 N. Cass St., (414) 272-0515
cafeattheplaza.com
There's old-school brunch and breakfast goodness at the Plaza's cafe. Featuring fresh, seasonal, organic ingredients, guests can enjoy made-from-scratch dishes like The Scrambler or a make-your-own omelet while enjoying the Plaza's classic Art Deco architecture. Open for brunch Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pricing ranges from $5.25 to $10.75.

Café Benelux & Market
346 N. Broadway, (414) 501-2500
cafebenelux.com
Buttermilk fried chicken waffles, cinnamon streusel French toast and sweet and savory variations of enormous Pannekoek, along with an impressive, 40-page Bier Menu, make this café, fashioned after the grand cafes of Lowland Europe, a Milwaukee brunch hot spot Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cafe Centraal
2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 755-0377
cafecentraal.com
Cafe Centraal's brunch puts a fun spin on all the classics, including omelets, waffles, French toast and Benedicts. Serving brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., check the menu for details because the menu is slightly different depending on the day. Many dishes can be made without meat as well.

Cafe Corazon
3129 N. Bremen St., (414) 810-3941
corazonmilwaukee.com
It might be tough to get a table in this tiny Riverwest restaurant, but brunch is well worth the wait. Offered Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., brunch is a mixture of Latin-infused specialties and classic favorites. Cafe Corazon prides itself on using locally grown ingredients, including beef and seasonal produce from their family farm, Richway Acres. The brunch drink menu offers a "beermosa" (orange juice and Pabst Blue Ribbon) along with a variety of non-alcoholic beverages.

Cafe Hollander
2608 N. Downer Ave., (414) 963-6366
7677 W. State St., (414) 475-6771
cafehollander.com
Café Hollander's specialty might be Belgian brews, but they also do a pretty good job with brunch. Served Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the cafe offers such dishes as the Mrs. Hollander, featuring thinly sliced Black Forest ham, two fried eggs, Belgian bier cheese sauce and tomato on a croissant. The Wauwatosa location offers a slightly different menu, but with the same appealing East Side swagger.

Cafe Lulu
2261 S. Howell Ave., (414) 294-LULU
lulubayview.com
Enjoy Lulu's delicious brunch on Sundays until 2 p.m. Choose from a limited variety of popular sandwiches or opt for a Hangover Hamburger, featuring black angus beef, cheddar, bacon and egg. Or, order one of their specialty scrambles or just basic eggs and toast. Prices range from $6.50 to $10.75.

Casablanca
728 E. Brady St., (414) 271-6000
casablancaonbrady.com
Take the opportunity to check out Casablanca's newly remodeled space by showing up on Sundays for their brunch buffet. Offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the buffet offers a wide variety of meats (lamb, chicken and beef), sweets such as stuffed falafel, as well as vegetarian options.

Chez Jacques
1022 S. 1st St., (414) 672-1040
chezjacques.com
Probably one of the only places in town to fold authentic crepes, you can have "brunch" at Chez Jacques Tuesday through Sunday starting at 10 a.m. Fresh-baked croissants complement sweet or savory crepes and a list of quiches. Prices range from $5.95 to $13.95.

China Gourmet
117 E. Wells St., (414) 272-1688
china-gourmet.com
Bountiful buffet meals are offered for weekday lunches and weekend evenings as well as a Sunday brunch including dim sum for $11.95 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Comet Cafe
1947 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 273-7677
thecometcafe.com
This East Side favorite serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comet's menu includes brunch classics as well as many vegetarian and vegan options. Order off the specials board for adventurous takes on classic brunch fare, and don't forget to check out the vegan baked goods. Bloody Marys, with or without bacon, are their specialty. Prices range from $5 to $11.

Coquette Café
316 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 291-2655
coquettecafe.com
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Coquette Café serves up everything from Mediterranean Eggs Benedict, brioche French toast and Gruyere cheese and country ham crepes to bacon wrapped Strauss veal meatloaf. Soups, sandwiches, salads, even escargot and leg of duck confit, make this a deliciously impressive brunch experience.

Devon Seafood and Steak
5715 N. Bayshore Dr., Grendale, (414) 967-9790
devonseafood.com
Conveniently located inside Bayshore Mall, Devon Seafood and Steak offers a brunch buffet on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at $25 for adults, $13 for children ages 10 and under and complimentary admission for children four and under. This buffet includes an omelet, carving, fresh seafood, sashimi, Belgian waffle and dessert station. Entrees include classic breakfast favorites like scrambled eggs, sausage links and apple wood smoked bacon, and unusual brunch items like shrimp enchiladas and Thai chicken wings. Bloody marys and mimosas are $4.50 a piece. Bottles of wine under $100 are half price.

Golden Mast
W349 N5293 Lacy's Ln., Okauchee, (262) 567-7047
weissgerbers.com/goldenmast/html/banquetmenu.html
A bit of a drive from downtown, Golden Mast is known as one of the old school formal and full brunch purveyors. For $23.50 ($9.95 for kids under 12), you get a four-course all-you-can-eat buffet with all the trimmings. Brunch includes a complimentary glass of sparkling champagne, choice of fruit juice or coffee, tea or milk.

Harry's Bar and Grill
3549 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 964-6800
harrysbarandgrillmilwaukee.com
Harry's brunch is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. Items such as breakfast pasta, breakfast crab cakes and eggs Benedict range from $7 to $13.

Hi-Hat Lounge
1701 N. Arlington Pl., (414) 220-8090
hihatlounge.com
The Saturday and Sunday brunch menu features items such as smoked salmon Benedict, bourbon-battered challa French toast and the Brunch Burger, made with a fried egg, pork belly, cheddar and carmelized onions, ranging from $7 to $14. Come between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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mkegirl | Sept. 14, 2013 at 1:36 p.m. (report)

Zak's on 2nd has the best brunch in town, hands down. Great bloodies, benedicts and waffles, and very affordable. Also, I would argue that the new Palomino is neither tasty, nor veggie, nor deep-fried.

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foodlover25 | Dec. 24, 2012 at 12:55 p.m. (report)

Devon's Seafood & Grill in the Bayshore mall has a FABOULOUS brunch. It is served on Sun.'s from 10-2. The cost is $24 but....you don't pay extra for any non-alcoholic drink. That means, coffee,orange juice, milk whatever they serve that's NA is included. No other brunch does that. Bloody Mary's and mimosa's are only $4.50 and 1/2 price bottles of wine all day. The brunch selections are UNBELIEVABLE!!! This our FAVORITE brunch!! FEATURING OMELET BAR HAND CARVED BEEF TENDERLOIN MADE TO ORDER BELGIUM WAFFLES FROM THE EMPORIUM TABLE SEASONAL FRESH FRUIT CHAR CRUSTED AHI TUNA GRILLED ASAPARGUS SALAD WITH WALNUT VIANIAGRETTE ASSORTED SMOKED FISH PEEL & EAT SHRIMP VEGETABLE SPRING ROLLS ENGLISH CUCUMBER & FETA SALAD ASSORTED CHEESES ON THE HOT SIDE SCRAMBLED EGGS SHRIMP ENCHILADAS ALMOND CRUSTED TILAPIA SWEET POTATO CORN HASH APPLEWOOD SMOKED BACON SAUSAGE THAI CHICKEN WINGS JAMBALAYA LOBSTER MAC NCHEESE CHICKEN PICCATA SAUTEED GREEN BEANS ROASTED YUKON GOLD POTATOES DESSERT TABLE CARROT CAKE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES KEY LIME TARTS GRAND MARNIER WHITE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE PANNA COTTA

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Hainer | Dec. 23, 2012 at 10:32 p.m. (report)

Please consider giving us a try at "nines" at the River Club of Mequon. Always open to the public, we serve an outstanding Sunday Brunch, 52 weeks a year in a captivating and contemporary environement. 18.95. (10.95 for 12 and under. Under 5 fre) .Check out the menu, the atmospherics and what's going on at.... http://www.ninesattheriverclub.com/ We also have free live music every Thursday night via our ninesLive series.

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